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The New York Times honored Mother’s Day by releasing a video of a drag queen reading a story to a little boy.
The video,”A Gender Fluid Mother’s Day,” features drag queen Ona Louise reading to a child as part of Drag Queen Story Hour. In the video, Louise declares that there are multiple ways to celebrate mothers because family dynamics have shifted.
“I guess the social construct of Mother’s Day is this gender role of domestic work, women’s work. Traditionally you give mom a day off because she does all these domestic things for the household. But things are different and some families don’t have moms at all. They either have two dads or different people who play that role for them, and it’s important to experience different gender and what that looks like,” Louise says in the video.
Some people have criticized Mother’s Day as unfair to transgenders and other “non-binary” people. One columnist suggested getting rid of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day altogether to make people more included. Instead, people could celebrate “Guardian’s Day.”
“This is why I’d like to propose that we scrap both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day for good. And in the spirit of both inclusivity and selfishness, I’d like to propose a new holiday called ‘Guardian’s Day.’ Guardian’s Day, which has a nice sci-fi fantasy ring to it, will be a rotating statutory holiday — meaning you can celebrate it any day you please, and you can interpret it any way you like,” Emma Teitel wrote.
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